MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Miguel Oliveira reigns supreme on home soil

The final clash of the 2020 MotoGPTM World Championship at Portimão was won in assertive fashion by local star Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3). The Grande Prémio MEO de Portugal’s pole-sitter comfortably outdistanced Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) and Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) who made it three different bikemakers and two different MICHELIN Power Slick pairings on the podium.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Valencia honours for Morbidelli, as Mir clinches title!

The Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana – Round 14 of the 2020 MotoGPTM World Championship – as won by Franco Morbidelli. The Yamaha Petronas SRT rider was joined on the Valencia podium by Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Racing Factory), while seventh place sufficed for Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) to make certain of this season’s Riders’ crown. The MICHELIN Power Slick provided further evidence of its versatility with the top four finishers in Spain running two different tyre combinations. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Michelin shines in Valencia sun as Mir becomes season’s ninth winner

Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) pocketed the first victory of his MotoGPTM career by winning the Gran Premio de Europa at Valencia, Spain, Round 13 of the 2020 World Championship. The provisional series leader finished clear of team-mate Alex Rins and Red Bull KTM Factory Team’s Pol Espargaro who made it two different bikemakers and two different tyre combinations on the podium.

 

Mir got away well from fifth on the grid to appear in second spot behind Rins by the fourth of the afternoon’s 27 laps. After spending some time sitting on the latter’s tail, he eventually took advantage of a small mistake by his Suzuki team-mate to ease ahead on Lap 17.

Racing on medium MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, the Spanish youngster then improved on his personal best lap several times to pull out a small gap, aided by the exceptional grip of his tyres which allowed him to stay out of Rins’ reach until the chequered flag and win by six-tenths of a second.

Mir is the season’s ninth different victor and the fifth to claim his maiden MotoGPTM win in 2020, while Rins – who opted for the same tyre pairing – kept his head to earn Suzuki’s first one-two finish since 1982.

Pol Espargaro (hard and soft MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear) collected his second top-three finish of the year after dominating Saturday’s extremely wet qualifying to claim his second pole position of the year.

Takaaki Nakagami (4th, LCR Honda) was the day’s best-placed Independent Team rider, chased by Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech3) and Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) who had shown strong pace in the damp conditions that marked Friday and Saturday’s action.

The fastest race lap was the work of Brad Binder (7th, Red Bull KTM Factory Team).

The first two days’ unsettled weather made tyre choice complex since the only opportunities the riders got to prepare for the race on MICHELIN Power Slicks in the dry were Friday afternoon’s free practice and Sunday morning’s warm-up session when the temperature was much cooler than it was for the race. Five of the six Michelin tyre specifications available for Valencia ended up being chosen for the Grand Premio de Europa.

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Mir’s victory has put him in an enviable position at the top of the provisional Riders’ standings and, with two races remaining, a top-three result at Valencia next week would suffice to clinch his first MotoGPTM crown. Rins and Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) are equal second, 37 points adrift.

Next round: Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana, Valencia, Spain (November 13-15)

FIA Formula E

The Michelin Pilot Sport EV lights up the Saudi sky

The Michelin Pilot Sport EV helped Nyck de Vries (Mercedes) and Sam Bird (Jaguar) to win the weekend’s two night-time Formula E e-prix in Diriyah, on the outskirts of Riyad. Michelin was a founding partner of the championship in 2014.

IMSA

IMSA: The Michelin Pilot Sport’s longevity pays at Daytona

The long-lasting performance credentials of the Michelin Pilot Sport helped the French firm to make a decisive mark at the opening round of the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Notorious as a gruelling test of speed and resilience, last weekend’s Rolex 24 At Daytona on Florida’s east coast was won by the Acura ARX-05 of Taylor/Albuquerque/Rossi/Castroneves who got Michelin’s 2021 endurance racing campaign off to the perfect start. Michelin has been a major partner of the North American series since 2019 and is this year working with no fewer than 18 carmakers.

FIA WEC

Michelin and endurance racing’s hybrid prototype era

The 2020 8 Hours of Bahrain in November brought the age of hybrid LMP1 prototypes to a close. Introduced in 2012, these technologically-sophisticated machines notched up 61 world-class endurance racing wins, all on Michelin Pilot Sport tyres which delivered on their Performance-Made-to-Last promise. From 2021, the hybrid generation will make way for a new breed of Hypercars.

FIA WRC

Sébastien Ogier secures his 7th WRC crown with Michelin

Sébastien Ogier won the 2020 Rally Monza to notch up his 47th world-class victory and the seventh FIA World Rally Championship crown of his career on Michelin tyres. The Italian event was the final outing of the French firm’s current spell in the FIA WRC which has seen it harvest no fewer than 347 victories, 1,037 podium placings and 58 Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ world titles since the competition’s creation in 1973, aided by a long list of technological innovations and close working relationships with its driver and carmaker partners.

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